The World Health Organization’s emergency chief said it’s possible that the new Coronavirus may be here to stay, warning it’s impossible to predict when the pandemic might be controlled preventing a second wave of infection while on Wednesday a top global health official have also warned that COVID-19 could be around for a long time.
The Chinese authority of Wuhan where the Coronavirus pandemic first began late last year reportedly on Wednesday were pressing ahead to test all 11 million residents for the virus within 10 days after a handful of new infections were found.
Dr. Michael Ryan said “I think it’s important to put this on the table,” in a press briefing on Wednesday without a vaccine, it could take years for the global population to build up sufficient levels of immunity. He also said “I think it’s important to put this on the table virus may become just another endemic virus in our communities,” noting that other previously novel diseases like HIV have never disappeared, but that effective treatments have been developed.
European nations have been seeking to restart cross-border travel, particularly as the summer holiday season looms for countries whose economies rely on tourists flocking to their beaches, museums and historical sites. Despites the risk that loosening restrictions could lead to infection spikes.
However some of the European countries have sought bilateral agreements with their neighbors.
As on June 15 Austria said its border with Germany would reopen fully and that border checks would be reduced starting Friday.
Austria was aiming for similar agreements with Switzerland, Liechtenstein and its eastern neighbors “as long as the infection figures allow.” Says Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass said his country will lift a blanket warning against foreign travel for European destinations before other places, but didn’t specify when. Germany’s warning against all non-essential tourist travel abroad runs until at least June 14.
Sweden has soft approach towards fighting against Coronavirus as Sweden is allowing its primary schools and restaurants to remain open with some social distancing rules, officials urged Swedes not to travel abroad for non-essential trips and to limit movement inside the country. Travel within Sweden “of up to one to two hours by car can be made,” Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said. “But it does not mean that everything is as it used to be — common sense and great caution apply.”
The World Health Organization’s chief of health emergencies, Ryan, had a grim warning about coronavirus: Even though an effective vaccine might be developed, it would require immense work to produce sufficient doses and distribute them worldwide. He said “Every single one of those steps is fraught with challenges,”
“In a state of feeling quite some despair,” said by Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s technical lead for COVID-19. She said “The trajectory of this outbreak is in our hands we have seen some countries bring the virus under control.”
In the United States, the country’s top infectious disease expert issued a blunt warning that cities and states could see more COVID-19 deaths and economic damage if they lift stay-at-home orders too quickly.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said “There is a real risk that you will trigger an outbreak that you may not be able to control,” in Senate testimony on Tuesday after more than two dozen U.S. states began to lift lockdowns.
Dr. Anthony Fauci comments were a sharp pushback to President Donald Trump, who wants to right a free-falling economy that has seen 33 million Americans lose their jobs. As the United States have the highest Coronavirus cases in the world with the total number of infection of 1.37 million cases and over 82,000 deaths, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
While worldwide Coronavirus has affected more than 4.2 million people and killed some 292,000, according to the Johns Hopkins tally.
-Davinder Panesar, NMTV News